Descripción

Cheval des Andes surge de la unión entre Château Cheval Blanc y el viñedo de Terrazas de los Andes, considerado uno de los mejores 'Grand Crus' del Nuevo Mundo. Es el resultado de un trabajo de gran precisión para preservar la elegancia y la frescura de las uvas. Estamos ante un vino muy interesante, fuera del estilo imperante en la zona por su coupage, en un equilibro perfecto entre la madurez de la Cabernet sauvignon y la frescura de la Malbec y el Petit verdot.

Ficha técnica

Tipo
Tinto
Añada
2020
Grado
14.5% vol.
Variedad
49% Malbec, 49% Cabernet sauvignon,25% Petit verdot
Origen
Mendoza

Cata

Vista
Color rojo rubí profundo.
Nariz
Generoso y expresivo en nariz, con frutos rojos maduros como cerezas, ciruelas y cassis combinados con notas de especias, pimienta negra y violetas.
Boca
Los taninos potentes y refinados contribuyen a la estructura de este vino.
Temperatura de servicio
Se recomienda servir a 16 ºC.
Maridaje
Ideal con solomillo de cerdo con empanadillas de berenjena, miel, soja y anís con encurtido de pepino.

Viñedo y elaboración

Suelo
Un terruño único. El suelo es franco-arenoso con contenido pedregoso en profundidad.
Cosecha
La vendimia tuvo lugar entre el 28 de febrero y el 17 de marzo.
Vinificación
Antes del encubado, las uvas se clasifican cuidadosamente. En bodega se respeta el origen de cada parcela con el concepto de "una parcela, un depósito".
Envejecimiento
La crianza se realiza en un 40% en barricas bordelesas de 225 litros, 40% en barricas de 400 litros y el 20% restante en foudres de 2.500 litros, de los cuales el 50% son de roble nuevo. En la añada 2018, la sala de barricas estaba compuesto por un 85% de roble francés y un 15% de roble triple austriaco, esloveno y alemán.
Embotellado
Febrero de 2022.

Opinión de los críticos

The Wine Advocate:

The 2020 Cheval des Andes was harvested from the last of February for the first time ever. It was Gabillet's second vintage at Cheval des Andes, and that year, he had to start without waiting for Pierre Olivier Clouet and Pierre Lurton from Cheval Blanc; when they arrived, they had finished picking the Malbec, which surprisingly was fresher in Las Compuertas (because of the higher percentage of clay?) than in Altamira (where the vines suffered more stress), saving the freshness. They now harvest using cold trucks (for the first time), and they also started earlier in the morning (six in the morning, impossible earlier in Mendoza...), which he reckons was very good for the precision of the wine. They used 40% 225-liter barrels, 40% 400-liter oak barrels and 20% 2,500-liter foudres, half of them new and with an élevage of 15 months on average, depending on the lots and varieties from 12 to 18 months. The final blend was 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, which makes a comeback as it was not used since 2016. The key was to finish the fermentation of the Petit Verdot without skins, and that way, they have been able to use it in the blends of 2021, 2022 and 2023 in small but increasing percentages. This is slightly riper than 2019, with a little more alcohol (14.5%) and with very good structural tannins but saving the freshness, and it has the spicy side from the Petit Verdot (Gabillet talks about white pepper). The wine has the ultra sleek and polished texture and the elegance and the balance that is the signature here; the wine is very clean and precise. I see very good regularity across the three vintages I tasted next to each other—this 2020 and the 2018 and 2019. Overall, this is a triumph over the adverse conditions of the vintage. They produced their usual 100,000 bottles (since 2018), as they are renewing their vineyards and want to keep the volume stable. They produce this volume from the 36 productive hectares they have in Las Compuertas and Altamira. There are some more changes: in 2020, they went for a lighter bottle, weighing 100 grams less than the one they used in 2018 and 2019, but close to 300 grams less than the bottle from before. It's also a slimmer bottle, always thinking about the environment. They are very focused on agroecology, accelerating the regenerative viticulture and using cover crops; they have planted 1,900 trees in the last three years, creating small clusters of biodiversity for birds. They have transplanted some centenary olive trees and keep their sheep and lamas on the property. Very green-minded.

 

 

 

 

James Suckling:

Ripe, baked dark cherries with spices and some violets. Hints of graphite, cocoa powder, incense and black pepper. Dried rose petals. A slightly fuller Cheval des Andes with tense, silky tannins and a lingering, generous finish. Ripe, but still has lots of restraint and precision. 49% malbec, 49% cabernet sauvignon with a 2% petit verdot. 24% of the malbec comes from Altamira and all the rest of the fruit come from Las Compuertas. Drink or hold.